LEBANON -- Tyler Alford went 3-for-3 and collected five RBIs in game two of a doubleheader as No. 10 Cumberland escaped with a 6-5 win in the opener, and followed with a convincing 15-1 performance in the nightcap against West Virginia Tech Saturday, Feb. 22 at Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs rallied in the final inning of game one to retake a lead the squad had held most of the contest.
After falling behind 5-4 in the top of the seventh, CU answered with a pair of runs, including a walk-off single from senior Sam Lind, which kicked away from the right fielder, allowing Josciel Veras to scamper home.
Senior starter Anthony Gomez provided a marvelous outing, going six innings, while allowing just one run on six hits and striking out 10. The lefty walked just one and threw 108 pitches.
Pinch hitting to open the frame, sophomore Chris Hall singled up the middle to lead off the inning.
The speedster then took second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Attempting to throw out Hall, the Golden Bears’ catcher rifled the ball over the head of his third baseman and Hall scored. Veras followed with a two-out walk and scored on the Lind single.
Cumberland enjoyed a 4-0 lead through four innings despite leaving 11 runners on the base paths during the stretch. West Virginia Tech pitching aided that cause by walking 10 batters and hitting one during the first four frames.
In game two, Cumberland was finally able to take advantage of the bases loaded situation in the second inning. With the sacks full and no outs, Brady North knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and Veras followed with an RBI single through the left side.
Alford delivered the back-breaking blow immediately after, singling up the middle to plate two more and break open the game.
Hall grounded into a double play one batter later, which scored another to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead in the early going.
The scoring parade continued in the third as Cumberland put up another five-spot. Ricky Coleman began the scoring with an RBI single, and crossed the plate himself two batters later on a passed ball.
Veras knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly, and Alford put a cap on the inning with a two-run blast over the left field wall. After four, CU enjoyed a 10-0 advantage.
RBI singles from Veras and North, and an RBI double from Alford capped another five-run frame in the fourth, the third-straight in the game, and pushed the score to 15-0.
A pair of singles and an error led to a run for the Golden Bears in the top of the fifth, making the score 15-1.
The bottom of the fifth would prove to be the final inning of the contest as darkness took over and umpires called the contest.
The run in the fifth would be the only run starter Clint Meadows would surrender.
The junior allowed five hits in five innings of work in his second win of the season.
CU 15, W. Va. Tech 7
Tyler Anderson collected four hits with two RBIs and Lind added three hits in a 15-7 victory over West Virginia Tech Friday afternoon at Stockton Field.
Justin Byrd, Veras and Alford all posted a pair of hits in the victory for Cumberland (6-3) and Veras and Alford each drove in two runs in a game of big innings.
WVU Tech (0-1) plated six runs on six hits in the top of the fifth, pulling within 8-6, before the Bulldogs added five more in the bottom of the frame.